I Took These Content Mill Jobs & Realized Something

When I first started freelance writing in 2014, I knew nothing. I just wanted to get paid and make money writing.

And guess what?

I found content mill jobs!

I Took These Content Mill Jobs & Realized Something

And these content mills treated writers like robots in a way. Supply the client with 50 short posts and repeat the process…again…and again…and again.

So, why did I recently try even more content mill writing jobs when I can regularly land high paying freelance writing jobs that pay $900+ a post?

Before I get into my realization with my little case study, let’s go over what many new freelance writers feel is the progression of online jobs, list popular content mills you might know and why I decided to do content mill jobs…again.

Progression: Content Mill Writing to Professional

I receive emails from new writers taking my free email course, Get Paid to Write, and some of them often tell me their views on freelance writing.

Many feel it looks like this:

  • Sign up for a content mill
  • Take their tests to see what types of content mill jobs online they can do
  • Do the work (that takes hours because they are new to it all)
  • Get paid cents
  • Receive no feedback from the client
  • Start the process again
  • Get fed up
  • Try Upwork instead
  • Find out that it’s not any better 
  • Finally, figure out another way to find clients that value their writing!

This process can take months or even years too!

I don’t want you to fall for this trap.

Fortunately for you, I started with content mill jobs and quickly learned this is NOT the way to make a living as a writer.

Instead, follow this path to be a successful freelance writer.

  • Start a writer website
  • Develop a pitching process
  • Look at job boards and social media
  • Apply to jobs on job boards
  • Cold pitch on LinkedIn
  • Land your first client, then second client, and then quit your full-time job!

I know I’m making the process seem simple and easy (my course Writeto1k helps you with these steps so you can be assured you WILL succeed) but once you know the path, it DOES become easier.

But maybe you’re just stuck right now.

All you can get are these content mill jobs that pay $15 for a blog post.

To help you out, let’s first look at these content mills online.

Best Content Mill Jobs Online

Is there such a thing as copywriter jobs content mills? 

As a copywriter, you don’t want to start on a platform like a content mill and wonder, “how long should I do content mill jobs as a copywriter?”

I also don’t want you to think there are high-paying content mill writing jobs for you!

There might be better content mills than these, but they are not high paying or enough to pay your bills without you banging away 40 hours a week writing!

So let’s look now:

  • BlogMutt – Guess what? BlogMutt is now Verblio. When looking at this platform at first, I was intrigued. I remember BlogMutt back in the day, and it wasn’t looking like this. They have a nice post on writers for Verblio, and they reference HubSpot certification and CoSchedule for tools. But after a few minutes of looking, I found this, “Pay starts at $11.50 for a 300-400 word post.” There you have it. This is a content mill.
  • Constant ContentFor this content mill, it looks like you have a portfolio filled with articles you write and sell on that platform. From their guide, they say, “[P]opular topics and price them in the $15-$30 range.
  • Textbroker – Textbroker doesn’t shy away from what they pay their writers. The minimum is 2.2 cents/word and goes up to 5 cents/word.
  • Steady Content – Steady Content is no different from these other best content mills. They start at 2-6 cents a word. 
  • Compose.ly – Now this platform is interesting. I wouldn’t count this one as a content mill but more of a freelance marketplace of sorts. I would bet this would be a good copywriting jobs content mill too. They pay between 10-14 cents a word.
  • Crowd Content – For this content mill, they are very elusive on what they actually pay writers. They say only a few cents up to 10 cents a word. 
  • WordAgents review – WordAgents are an SEO content writing service. What might be different from this content mill is that they expect WordAgents writers to pump out 5,000 words per week, every week, for only $.03/word. Ouch!

My Experience With WriterAccess (Content Mill Writing Jobs from Home)

The last content mill I want to highlight is WriterAccess.

See, I was filling my extra time writing on Medium earlier in the year.

I needed an outlet to write about anything I wanted and not follow a template or do SEO or even be professional.

And during this time, I was growing on Medium and making money. I went from making around $80 to almost $300 a month.

But I was also writing A LOT more – fifteen to twenty-five posts a month.

That’s a lot to make, only $300.

And then something occurred to me – I wondered if I could make more money writing for content mill jobs than on Medium.

That’s when I signed up for  WriterAccess.

I heard this was a content mill writing jobs for beginners, and I wanted to see how things changed from when I signed up to iWriter back in the day.

I signed up, took a grammar test, and was slotted to only taking $.03/word articles. Most writers start at around $.02/word to  $.03/word range.

Yes, pitiful freelance writing rate for sure.

But here’s what I got:

  • I immediately had 100’s of jobs available to me (but I learned later on that these come in spurts and don’t last more than a day or two as writers fill the spots)

  • There was no need to invoice a client. WriterAccess paid me
  • The topics were fun to write and didn’t need a lot of stats or credible sources
  • The article length was short

 I completed four posts (1100 words that paid around $30-$33).

This is definitely more than what I earn from Medium.

What I Realized

After finishing those posts, something changed.

I realized that even though the pay was very very bad, it was the break I needed.

After years of writing content online, it took me no more than an hour to write a content mill post.

Back when I started, this would have taken me 3+ hours to write.

For other writers, if you are in a funk writing in your writing niche and need a change, sign up to WriterAccess or some other content mill and flex your writing skills. Do it on the weekends or when you are down a client and waiting to find another client.

Work on the holidays when businesses close shop, and see if there are articles in queue on these content mills.

I find these clients stress free and I don’t have to be “on the ball” for these posts.

For example, I had to write as if I was a mom (which I am) with small children (which I had at one time) on topics like:

  • Cutting boards
  • Legos
  • Cutting knives

No brainer topics for me…at this point in my life. 

If you are new to freelance writing, these topics may not be easy for you to write.

Lifestyle writing takes knowledge in products, features and benefits and if you don’t know how to write to show that off, then even content mill writing will be difficult for you.

So, I’m really speaking to the freelance writer that has been doing this for a while and just needs more.

While it’s a small break in the type of writing I do, I feel content mills or writing on Medium or even doing Youtube helps fill my creative cup.

For other writers, it might be writing a book instead! To each their own!

There is no shame in writing for content mills as long as you don’t rely on this method.

The point is to move away from content mills – like I did – and carve a highly profitable freelance writing business on your own terms!

On Writing Mills

There ya have it!

My case study on freelance writing jobs on a content mill!

Tell me in the comments if you agree with me or not! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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You are correct here, Kim. I started my freelance journey with Textbroker some years ago. I wrote as a hobby here and there. This year, I decided to get serious with copywriting and became more active with Textbroker, and I signed up for Writer’s Access. Textbroker is the worst content mill experience ever. I do not recommend anyone to start there at all! Writer’s Access is okay, but the availability of assignments is lacking. I eventually scored a contract with a web developer and now I write exclusively for him. I left Textbroker in the dust. I don’t log into Writer’s Access anymore because of the lack of assignments. I have Word Agents in my pocket along with my direct client, and although they pay pennies, they have the best support system from their editing and management team of any content mill I’ve used. The pay is low, but the value an entry-level copywriter receives makes up for it. They give you great feedback on improving your writing and plenty of SEO and article formatting tips. As a result, my writing has improved by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend them to someone starting up as a freelance copywriter. I think they require a little experience though.Reply to Jay
I would also avoid content mills but the one recommended. There is so much competition on most mills and buyers wanting content as cheap as possible. Understandable for new businesses and businesses on limited budgets. But, that is not going to pay your rent, either. You must consider, they want content for their sites and content, as we all know, only helps the businesses. For example, they acquire new content so, if they have subscribers then the content keeps their visitors and them fed. Few unsubscribes provided the content is relevant, fresher and original. Content also helps their search engine ratings with Google. Content is vital to blogs, websites, the world. That noted, Businesses which can afford to pay the more reasonable rates, like yours Elna, would rather pay decent writers for quality, rather than crummy quantity. They are striving for visitors, sales, etc. and content, especially the copywritten portions, help them achieve their goals. Thus, to not ask a fair price is like wanting a low-wage income. We are not working as cashiers or shelf stockers at Wal Mart, Dominos or KFC. We are visitor, search engine and sales boosters. And we have to know more than the aforementioned workers.Reply to Kim
Well said Kim. Yes, for this post I wanted to make it clear that content mill jobs isn’t the main path you should take. It’s okay if you want to see what it’s all about or you want to gain some income with your writing in a pinch, but it’s very low paying and if you’re not a fast writer, not worth it for you.Reply to Elna